Leaves to Fall on the Sea: Aquarium of the Pacific Celebrates 13 Years of Autumn Festival • Long Beach Post

Celebrate the diversity of Asian and Asian American cultures with the fish this weekend. The Aquarium of the Pacific’s 13th Annual Autumn Festival is a chance to delve into the arts, cuisines, cultures and marine environments of Asia. On Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9, dance to the sounds of taiko drumming , watch as dancers, acrobats and martial artists take the stage.


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Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 3.55.05 PMOn both days, from 9:00AM to 5:00PM, try your hand at origami, purchase handmade crafts and learn how to make them. Crafts for children will include Origami Magic with Origami Kail and a chance to learn how to construct fish kites.

Cultural demonstrators and exhibitors will include a traditional dress exhibit, a calligraphy presentation and a Kimekomi dolls presentation. A tea pot balancing act, storytelling sessions and Arthur Nakane, a one-man-band are just a few of the performances you won’t want to miss.

The Cafe Scuba menu has been altered for the festival and will serve Korean Beef Tacos, Grilled Mahi-Mahi, Bulgogi Kimchi Panini, and Chinese Chicken Salad.

The Heritage Award Presentation will be given on Sunday at 1:40PM to Cold Tofu, the nation’s longest-running Asian-American comedy improv troupe. The group is dedicated to promoting a diverse range of images of Asian Pacific Americans through comedy, education and performance.

The 13th Annual Autumn Festival is free with general admission. Click here to find a $10 off coupon for any adult admission during the days of the festival.

Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her on Twitter and Instagram @theasiamorris and via email at [email protected]

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